An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse, Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of ... An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse, Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of ... An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse, Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of ... An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse, Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of ...

An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse, Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of France, and Performed in the Years 1791, 1792, and 1793, in the Recherche and Espérance, Ships of War, Under the Command of Rear-Admiral Bruni d'Entrecasteaux

Labillardière, Jacques Julien Houton de

Published by Printed for J. Debrett, Picadilly, London, 1800

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2 volumes, lacking quarto atlas. Octavo. lxii, [1], 464pp. vii, [1], 423pp. Contemporary gold-ruled three-quarter calf over marbled boards with gold decorated spine. Ribbon markers. Captivating account by French naturalist, Jacques Julien Houton de Labillardiere. Illustrated with 9 full-page engravings. Translated from the French by M. Labillardière. In 1791, Labillardière was appointed as a naturalist to Rear-Admiral's Bruni d"Entrecasteaux's expedition to Oceania aboard the Espérance in search of Jean-François de Galaup, comte de la Pérouse and his missing ships, the Boussole and Astrolabe. After the American Revolutionary War, King Louis XVI ordered a exploring voyage to rival that of Captain Cook. De la Pérouse's expedition left France in 1785 and reached Australia in January 1788. Six weeks later both ships wrecked, hitting a coral reef off Vanikoro Island. According to the inhabitants of the Island, some surviving sailors built a two-masted boat from the wreckage of the Astrolabe and left in a westward direction a few months later. Their fate remains unknown. D'd"Entrecasteaux' expedition failed to find any trace of De la Pérouse and his two ships. During the search Labillardière and his colleagues collected zoological, botanical and geological specimens of southwest Australia, Tasmania, the northern part of New Zealand, and the East Indies. He also described the customs and languages of the local Indigenous Australians. In 1799 he published the account of his voyage under the title "Relation du Voyage à la Recherche de la Pérouse. Age wear, abrasions and some staining to binding. Free front endpaper along gutter in vol. I partly attached due to small glue remnants. Sporadic foxing and staining on outer margins from pages 239-286 in same volume. Minor foxing to some leaves in both volumes. Small chip on free front endpaper in vol. II. Ex-libris of Labaor Omnia Vincit on inside of front covers. Bindings in fair, interior in good to good+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 29581

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Title: An Account of a Voyage in Search of La ...

Publisher: Printed for J. Debrett, Picadilly, London

Publication Date: 1800

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First English language edition.

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